Longridge Fell dog walk
|Low Point||270 m (approx)|
|High Point||350 m (approx)|
|Height gain||80 m (approx)|
|Terrain||Fells and woodland|
|Bogs||A few boggy parts|
|Dogs||Great, on leads in places|
|Enjoyment rating (5 = best)||★★★★★|
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|*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs||300 cals|
|*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs||540 cals|
*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’. If inclines were added it should be higher.
Accurate GPS map
I live on Longridge Fell and have spent many days exploring the area, but it’s bigger than you think and there are always more places to discover. Today I took a classic route which is done within a couple of hours and it gives the dogs some great exercise.
I parked on Jeffrey Hill, then facing the information sign with my back to the entrance to Cardwell House I went right towards the kissing gate. I then headed straight up the track towards a stone marker. Dogs should be on leads for this section, especially between March and July because of the livestock.
As I continued up the hill I got a glimpse of the Yorkshire Dales. The track kicked right a little and then shortly afterwards left as I moved closer to the marker.
At the marker stone the obvious track fades, I then headed left towards the Bowland fells. The track now is well trodden and the route is easily, even in poor visibilty. After about 20 metres there is another marker post and the path becomes really obvious. Shortly afterwards, with the heather on the right, Spire Hill comes into view.
To the left there is a track going down the hill, this is to be ignored, and I went straight up towards the conifer plantation. After a few hundred metres there is another marker stone.
At the marker stone I crossed the stream and the path climbs steadily. At the dry stone wall I turned left and headed up, keeping the wall and the plantation to the right. I stayed on this track until reaching the trig point on Spire Hill.
I continued on the rocky track, with the Bowland fells to the left. This section of the walk was boggy so be prepared to detour through the heather. I went past the welcome sign and at the trig point I took a minute to admire the views. If you have a small dog you can pick them up and hop over the wall and head back down the hill in the same direction. For bigger dogs there is a gate a little further along.
I then descended the hill with the wall on the right and trees to the left. It was a good opportunity to let the dog off the lead.
After a little while I reached a fence with a stile and turned left through the gatepost – but then headed right. It’s a little confusing so be careful not to take the track to the left.
Eventually the trees clear revealing a great view of the Ribble Valley. There is a stile here but I didn’t go over it, I went along the sandy track. After not too long the path takes a sharp right and ascends around the plantation.
Eventually I met up with the wall along the original route. There are three steps in the wall which most dogs can use to get over it. Don’t retrace your steps, instead follow the wall back down to the road and then turn right back to the car.
Full details on this great Longridge Fell dog walk on Live Ribble Valley here.
On this route
Cardwell House, Jeffrey Hill, Thornley Hall Fell, Spire Hill. Gannow Fell